Kelly’s big accomplishments for April included a couple of piano competitions and her CLEP US History II test. After a month or so of work on the Thinkwell Precalculus program we have adjusted her schedule for completion a little to mid-year next year. She likes the program a lot because it is giving her a good review of Algebra II from a different perspective and with some new and different techniques from the Teaching Textbooks Algebra II program we liked so much. After Aunt Julia came to visit, she called us to encourage us to start into some volunteering. Cousins Amy and Charlie have both been great at that and have both received and given great benefit by their participation. One of our neighbor lady’s children attend the local, government elementary school. She says there are some hispanic children who go to school there. The lady has been kind enough to offer to see whether they would allow Kelly to volunteer there to help Spanish speaking children learn how to speak English. We do not know whether it will work out, but we are excited about the prospect.
Christian is well into his Teaching Textbooks Geometry now. It is hard to get the concept of proofs, but he is moving up the learning curve. He is studying for his CLEP Western Civilization I test, but we have not decided yet whether he will take the test in May or June. We will decide after he takes the practice tests from the REA study book a couple of times. His plan is to work hard to get through Chapter 12 of C++ Primer Plus before the end of the school year. That is because his volunteer work will be to work with Troy and I on our research project with the Agricultural Engineering Department at NCSU. We need a server to act as an FTP site and a web server. Christian will set up and manage that first. After that, he will use his C++ programming skills to program a computer to control some servo motors, lighting, and pumps for the experiment we are tasked to perform.
Special note for Christian: Imagine the incredible investigative skills required to crack this case.